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Don’t Worry; Be Happy
Fact: Because we are human, sometimes we will need an opportunity to mourn and weep.  But when the time of sorrow is up, we must move on.  The joy of the Lord is our strength! Learn to be a joy transmitter.
The devil’s job is to try and make us look at his butt of problems; he specializes in distractions. Even if you experience an attack, remember that you are designed to thrive in God’s grace (His empowerment) and favor.  Satan wants to make us worry about what we don’t have.  But when you worry, you insult God (Matthew 6:25-27).  If you are down, begin to praise the Lord.  The only way to get the devil off of your back is to praise God in faith.
Evidence of Joy
We are joyful because we live by faith.  And since we walk in faith, doubt and fear have no place in our lives.  The people that are having pity parties are not in faith.  To have joy is to be grateful, satisfied and edified; joy is powerful!  When you are joyful, you smile.  In fact, being joyful is a part of your identity.  When you got saved, you inherited the mind (and personality of) Christ.  Christians have the spirit of joy because our hope is in Christ.  He gives us the ability to be joyful in a time of crisis.
Psalm 92:4
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what Your hands have done.
The more that you trust God, the happier you get (Psalms 55:22, Romans 15:13).
When you make a decision to remain in joy, it will set you above everyone else, and you will stand out.  We are joyful because of everything that the Lord has done for us.
Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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